The drama will not return for Season 3.
May 18, 2018
It is being reported that USA Network has cancelled Falling Water after two seasons. The news comes two months after the supernatural drama ended its sophomore run, with its March 10th episode now acting as its series finale.
It is not overly surprising that USA opted against a third season of the show. Not only were reviews mixed, but it struggled to attract viewers as well, resulting in it ranking as the cable network's lowest-rated drama over the course of its two seasons on the air.
Falling Water follows the story of three unrelated people who are each on a different mysterious personal quest using their dreams. Clues they find in these visions help them realize that they are each dreaming a separate part of one common dream. With this knowledge, they find that the deeper they dig, the more their missions touch on stakes that are larger than their individual agendas - and even might hold the key to the fate of the world.
Ending a series anywhere leaves characters at a point where (unless they all died) their story continues. Closure is nice but a great man once said " if you want a happy ending it depends when you stop telling the story".
In a season ending episode, if the current story concludes and a cliffhanger is introduced, I am virtually never upset by the cliffhanger should the series get cancelled. I could be upset by the cancellation, but not the cliffhanger.
You doubled down on Stockholm Syndrome. I didn’t make it to the end, just like it seems for the majority who commented here on Falling Water from its beginning. We walked out on our own because the writing pushed us away. It seems not many were captivated - quite the opposite. The analogy doesn’t even work for the general case.
My first comments were inspired by Suzanne’s well-placed commenting on cliffhangers in general, and on cancellations of series with ongoing stories. Should USA have contracted for the second (or first) season of Falling Water with no concern whether its story concluded or not? If networks (or series contractors) are not concerned and do not plan for how series (storylines) end, then why shouldn’t showrunners and writers write only for the best possible story? The very best series are ones with storylines that develop over multiple seasons, and were always designed that way.
The network gave the full product. They said this is how many episodes you have creators.In ALL cases, they should consider a season as being the last one, even when unsure. A season should be a complete story with the possibility of more later.
If the creator do not have a guarantee for more episodes they have to know that that it is possible for the show not to be renewed. If they know it is possible and create a cliffhanger, they do it knowing it might not be resolved. This means they either don't care if it gets resolved and are saying "You fans don't deserve to get an ending." Or they are trying to force the network to give them more episodes or have the fans mad at them. Which is saying "give us more episodes or you wont see these fans again" That is holding fans hostage. You, by supporting the people who are holding you hostage, have Stockholm syndrome.
By defending the bad writing of the creators you are defending your hostage takers. You have Stockholm syndrome.
Networks sell products to us and then prematurely remove support leaving us with incomplete products we never would have invested in had we known about the ripoff. The networks are in control of how this works. Creators and writers can design and write brilliantly but come up short (long) guessing someone else’s timeframe. In many cases, they should consider a season as being the last one, even when unsure. Yet the very best writing frequently spans a few seasons before it accomplishes its goals. I outlined below what the networks can and should do about it. And allowing that some cancelled series get picked up elsewhere is not a meaningful solution since viewers often are not purchasing the new service. Some series are so bad that networks need to cancel them post-haste. However, there should be very few of these where network executives are competent.
Unless the show was given a renewal then the hostage takes should not have written the ending like it did.
I appreciate when commenters scream about the executives making these decisions. I don’t like that condescending service troll telling people that all decisions are ratings based, because many are not. The deciders are frequently NOT doing what’s in their best interest. Their planning and decisions seem like they’re managing their toys.
Networks and producers need to work together better to plan for series to run long enough to have at least an ending of sorts. Even it’s just to have a few wrap-up episodes on contract to create upon cancellation. Or if there was a cliffhanger relevant to just the last episode, maybe have a segment to have all the actors discuss what was next that didn’t get filmed. Put it on the internet for viewing too. Instead, we have all these worthless half series, half movies, and perpetually pissed off viewers. I’m one of em.
If showrunners feel they must have a cliffhanger, especially if the show is clearly in jeopardy, how about one separate from the finale's main story line?
On Unforgettable, when renewal seemed VERY unlikely, they wrapped up the case. Then out of the blue a man walks up on the romantic celebration and announced he was Carrie's husband.
So they managed a cliffhanger AND wrapped up the main story. If it isn't renewed, I can just drop that last scene from my brain or create my own ending. In this case the show was shockingly renewed for one more season, but if it hadn't been, I wouldn't have cared about the husband part.
I wish cliffhangers would just disappear completely. They have created a catch-22 which has to hurt ratings. I know A LOT of people who choose to wait for a renewal before even watching shows at all. That creates lower ratings causing the shows to be cancelled.
I know I am guilty of waiting to see if the season has an end before committing my time to watch almost any show. I even regularly ask on these boards if the shows are wrapped up. Yes, I know that makes me partly responsible for the cancellations.
Sorry for the long post, but CLIFFHANGERS ARE JUST ANNOYING.
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